[Up to 1834] [After 1834] [Staff] [Inmates] [Records] [Bibliography] [Links] In December 1624, Reading received a bequest of £8,400 in the will of wealthy London draper John Kendrick.

A bequest of £4,000 was made on identical terms for the setting up of a workhouse in Newbury.

In January 1626, the town corporation paid William Kendrick (John's brother) the generous sum of £1,900 for his house and workshops on Minster Street, opposite St Mary's church, and with handy access to the Holy brook and Mill stream.

common stock to be employed and bestowed in trade of clothing, either in making of coloured cloathes, or whites, as the time shall require; and also in working of Wooll, Hemp, Flax, Iron, grinding of Brasill woods and other stuffes for Dying, or otherwise, as...

shall seeme convenient for the employment of poore people, and for the preservation and encrease of the said common stocke.

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‘I sent my daughter to Dunhurst because of its good reputation.

It seemed like a perfect place for her to establish herself. But I don’t want to be spending £30,000 a year sending my child to a school that allows this sort of nonsense to go on.’ The Good Schools Guide says it is ‘still good for “individuals”, articulate nonconformists and people who admire such qualities’.

Principal Community Cohesion Officer, Middlesbrough Council.